This text provides an authoritative and lucid study of the Holocaust. In concise chapters, Peter Neville surveys the history of anti-Semitism in Europe and examines the influence of anti-Semitic ideas on Hitler and the Nazi Party. An account is given of the extermination program; the tensions between this and the German war economy is explained. The text then charts the development of the Jewish resistance and considers its effectiveness. The response of the Allies to the Holocaust is explored, together with the role of the Vatican. The final chapters look at the issue of Holocaust denial and assess the legacy of the Holocaust in the modern world. The Holocaust contains a range of key primary and secondary sources.
1. Historic anti-semitism in Europe; 2. The roots of anti-semitism in Germany; 3. Anti-semitism and the mind of Adolf Hitler; 4. Anti-semitism as part of the Nazi party programme; 5. The coming of the Holocaust 1938-41; 6. The killing machine 1942-45; 7. The Jewish resistance divisions in Jewish society between resisters and accommodators; 8. The response of the democracies to persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust. 9. Holocaust denial; 10. The legacy of the Holocaust in the modern world.